Four arrests after car occupant pushes Oxford cyclist from bike

Men arrested in connection with incident that left bike rider with grazing last week all from Wiltshire

by Simon_MacMichael   April 16, 2013  

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Police investigating an incident in Oxford in which a cyclist was pushed from his bike by an occupant of a car have arrested four men from Wiltshire.

The incident happened at 7pm on Botley Road near McDonald’s last Tueday 9 April, says Thames Valley Police.

The 32-year-old male victim suffering grazing to his ankle and knee after one of the occupants of a dark-coloured BMW leant out and shoved him off his bike.

The vehicle did not stop and was driven off towards Cumnor Hill.

Following a witness appeal, three men from Swindon, aged 22, 23 and 24, have now been arrested, as has a 23-year-old from Royal Wootton Bassett.

They have been released on police bail until 9 May.

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posted by Tripod16 [140 posts]
16th April 2013 - 21:42


A lesson needs to be learned for this type of behavior by offenders, let's hope a strong message is sent, not holding my breath though.


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posted by antonio [1095 posts]
17th April 2013 - 8:35


What sort of sick minded person takes pleasure in hurting a fellow human being? Lets hope a stong message is dealt out; and at least a driving ban for actual bodily harm with a motor vehicle.

posted by Mostyn [425 posts]
17th April 2013 - 10:08


As 'Antonio' says I'm not holding my breath either slapped wrist sent on your way and maybe a driver training class if they get a harsh Judge/JP. Here’s hoping I’m wrong.

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posted by cidermart [489 posts]
17th April 2013 - 10:47


i assume the police will be pushing the CPS for attempted murder?

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posted by mrmo [1795 posts]
17th April 2013 - 12:58


They no doubt thought that this was "funny" and did not give any consideration to the risk of serious injury or death to the cyclist. As the posters above say, a custodial sentence for this sort of thing might change some people's behaviour but I'm not holding my breath.

Without wishing to sound like my dad, doing this sort of thing would not have even entered my head at that age.

posted by Sadly Biggins [271 posts]
17th April 2013 - 13:07


Nothing will happen at all. I predict not even a prosecution.

posted by Animal [38 posts]
17th April 2013 - 13:52


At least they caught these tossers. There was an identical incident a few months back where the guy ended up badly hurt. I never read that the culprits had been found.

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posted by nowasps [333 posts]
17th April 2013 - 15:12


I live in Cumnor and this is my route home.
I have had more running battles with drivers along here than any other stretch of road in oxford (Cowley road - hich is a pure death trap- aside).
Its incredible that a road as wide as Botley isnt completely cycle laned the whole way, the section past the retail parks are death traps with buses and cars screaming out of junctions every 100 metres or so.

Very sad state of affairs.

posted by jonnycondor [10 posts]
17th April 2013 - 15:59


@johnnycondor - Thing is, we don't *need* cycle lanes - what we need is for a minority of motorists to develop some kind of respect for other human beings whether they are pedestrians, cyclists, horse-riders or other motorists (as it's my observation, from spending far too much time driving, that many offenders against cyclists are actually pretty inconsiderate to other people driving cars, too).

What's needed, in part, is a justice system that will perhaps "instil" that respect if the individuals concerned are neither bright enough or humane enough themselves, to have that respect.

All segregation does is increase the "them and us" mentality in a minority of (probably inadequate) individuals and so make the situation worse. It doesn't increase safety, it means in many cases still more concrete as road margins get sealed and roads widened to accommodate cycle paths, there is an additional cost to you and me as taxpayers ... and the creation of such facilities piecemeal allows a bunch of mostly half-arsed and pathetic politicians and civil servants to prattle on about what a great job they are doing for cyclists ...

Sorry, rant over - I'll stop drinking the Espressos now ...

This week I have mostly been riding a Mondiale in Deda V107 with Campagnolo Super Record 11 ...

posted by velotech_cycling [77 posts]
17th April 2013 - 18:46


jonnycondor wrote:
....and this is my route home. (me too..)
Its incredible that a road as wide as Botley isnt completely cycle laned the whole way, the section past the retail parks are death traps with buses and cars screaming out of junctions every 100 metres or so.

Very sad state of affairs.

But there are cycle lanes the whole way, its a daft amalgam of a road lane that shoots left to turn into a split pavement/cycle lane for Westbound traffic. I won't take to that option as have repeatedly witnessed folks riding straight over the side road junctions without so much as a glance - many lucky not to be flattened. Its no wonder drivers don't "get it" when some riders are so blatantly reckless. Me, I stick to the 40cm of gutter I feel I have some right to & defend it appropriately, acknowledging cars that are helpful with a raised hand. Every little helps?

It doesn't get easier, you just go faster.....maybe

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posted by pward [88 posts]
17th April 2013 - 21:03

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